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Eastern Europe Explorer Overview
Travel from beautiful Budapest to iconic Istanbul. Venture through the baroque town of Eger, visit the black church of Brasov, feast on local dishes in Bansko and meander through the world’s biggest undercover market, the Grand Bazaar.
- 2015-01-01 - 2015-12-31
Tour from bustling Budapest to Turkey’s picturesque capital, Istanbul
Be mesmerised by the magic of Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey on this explorer tour through the best and most beautiful regions of Eastern Europe. Explore the captivating capitals of Budapest, Bucharest, Sofia and Istanbul. Sample culinary delights with local folk in Viscri, be inspired by the traditional craft workshops in Plovdiv, hear enthralling myths from Transylvania and visit the quaint town of Bansko, snug at the foot of the Pirin Mountains. This is a journey full of culture and history, of mosques and monuments, markets and museums, tantalising towns and charming cities.
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Budapest's grand architecture and boulevards evoke a time gone by, while glamorous stores and glitzy restaurants make this one of Europe's truly great cities.
Home to some of the most famous vineyards in Eastern Europe, the beautifully preserved Baroque town of Eger is also famous for its impressive 13th-century castle.
Rich in tradition, folklore and ancient superstitions that have remained unchanged for hundreds of years, the region of Maramures is a land that seems frozen in time.
Set in the mystical and enchanting region of Transylvania, the medieval masterpiece of Sighisoara effortlessly conjures images of haunted castles, gothic churches and vampires.
Best known for its heavily fortified medieval church, the charming village of Viscri offers a great opportunity to get in touch with the local Roma community.
The city of Brasov was once a major medieval trading centre and today its gothic Black Church and ornate building are still protected by massive city walls.
Bucharest, Romania's beautiful capital city, likes big things. It's home to one of Europe's biggest squares and its enormous Palace of Parliament is the second largest building in the world.
Bulgaria's cosmopolitan capital, Sofia is loaded with wide tree-lined boulevards, pleasant parks and striking buildings including the Aleksander Nevski Memorial Church.
The small mountain village of Gorno Draglishte is home to a delightful community of warm and welcoming people, a rich cultural heritage and delicious home-cooked food.
Set at the foot of the majestic Pirin Mountains, many of Bansko's stone houses have been transformed into charming 'mehanes' (taverns) where visitors can indulge in some local cuisine.
Once the meeting point of two ancient transportation routes, Plovdiv is a picturesque city with a fascinating collection of traditional workshops, baroque houses and ancient Roman ruins.
Cross the border into Turkey and drive the remaining distance to Istanbul. With a population of 14 million inhabitants and nearly 3,000 mosques, no amount of time here is ever enough to come to terms with this mesmerising ancient capital. Our journey ends on the morning of our second day here, so it's well worth staying on for a few extra days if time allows.
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